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Fraud email example:
Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2007 16:34:28 -0400
Subject: Congratulations!!! (Your Email ID Won)
REF NO :GTG333714264511
BATCH NO :14/111/GTG
We gladly announce to you the draw of the WELFARE LOTTERY,online International program held on the, 28TH of MAY, 2007.Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 000-1416-4612-222 with Serial number 53-68-05,which subsequently won you the lottery in category A.You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of US$20,000,000,00 (Twenty Million United States Dollars) in cash credited to file REF NO :GTG333714264511. This is from a total cash prize of US$100,000,000.00(One Hundred Million United States Dollars)shared amongst the FIVE (5 )lucky winners in this category.
All participants for the online version were selected randomly from World Wide email balotting through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 unions,associations,and corporate bodies that are listed online. This promotion takes place Annually. In view of this, your US$20,000,000.00 (Twenty Million United States Dollars) shall be released to you by your claims agent.
To begin your claim,please contact your claims agent for due processing,details of your claims agent is stated below:
Dr. Gordon Smith
Financial Investment Limited,Uk.
You must contact FINANCIAL INVESTMENT LIMITED not later than 14 (FOURTEEN) banking days upon receipt of this notification. After this date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed. All correspondences to Dr. Gordon Smith,either by fax or email, should have this EMAIL sent along with it and also, your FULL ADDRESS, YOUR COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE and your EMAIL ADDRESS to which this email is sent.
You are advised to keep your winning confidential till your claim is processed and your money remitted to you.Please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers.
THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
N.B:Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result in disqualification.Please do not reply to this mail. Contact your claims agent.